• The William F. Reilly Collecti auction at Christies

    Sale 2273

    The William F. Reilly Collection

    14 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 25

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD DOLPHIN-FORM WALL CARVINGS

    MID-18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD DOLPHIN-FORM WALL CARVINGS
    MID-18TH CENTURY
    Each grimacing dolphin with upright scrolling tail
    33 in. (83.8 cm.) high (2)


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    These dolphins once adorned the Sutton Place apartment of Marietta Tree, whose gracious personality and civic accomplishments were celebrated by New York society. In 1946, she married her second husband, Ronald Tree, who had purchased one of England's greatest country houses, Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire, furnishing it with his first wife, Nancy Lancaster, an influential force in country house design and partner with John Fowler at Colefax and Fowler. These dolphins may have formed part of the interiors at Ditchley. Many of its contents were removed to New York when the couple sold the house shortly after their marriage in 1947.

    Provenance

    Possibly purchased by Nancy Lancaster (the first Mrs. Ronald Tree) for Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire and thereafter removed to the New York apartment of Ronald Tree and his second wife, Marietta Tree, with the sale of Ditchley in 1947.
    The Estate of Marietta Tree; Christie's, New York, 17 October 1992, lot 113.
    The Collection of Joseph and Laverne Schieszler; Christie's, New York, 21 October 1999, lot 135.